Europa League: Liverpool v Hearts team news

Team news ahead of the Europa League play-off second leg between Liverpool and Hearts at Anfield (kick-off 8.05pm)

Liverpool will be without influential midfielder Lucas after he suffered a thigh injury in the opening minutes of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City. The Brazilian International has been ruled out for up to three months.

Lucas is Brendan Rodgers only doubt ahead of the game although the likes of Joe Cole and Charlie Adam may not be involved as they edge closer to a deadline day exit from Anfield.

Stewart Downing, who played the final stages of the trip to Edinburgh at left back, could get another run in that role after Rodgers admitted the former Villa star would have to adapt to save his Anfield career.

Rodgers could field some of his bigger star, some of whom sat out the first leg with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Luis Suarez tipped to be involved.

Hearts meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of captain Marius Zaliukas who is struggling with a thigh injury while Peter Enckleman is struggling with a shoulder injury.

Former Wigan defender Andy Webster is relishing the trip to Anfield and believes he side can take plenty of positives from last week’s narrow 1-0 loss It’s a great place to come and play football, it’s a great football club and it’s something the boys are looking forward to.

“It’ll be an extremely tough game, as we discovered last Thursday. We know that, coming away from home, it’ll be as hard if not harder,” he said.

“When you play at the top level, you want to play against the best. You want to test yourself and it’s the only way to improve and learn.

“I think we can take confidence from last week’s game and look forward to tomorrow night. We’ll need to be patient and try and keep the ball. Away from home you always want to keep it quiet and carry out your own game plan,” he explained.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Kelly, Flanagan, Enrique, Johnson, Skrtel, Coates, Robinson, Carragher, Agger, Gerrard, Downing, Shelvey, Henderson, Adam, Allen, Cole, Suarez, Sterling, Borini, Carroll, Jones.

Hearts (from): MacDonald, Enckelman, Hamilton, Webster, Barr, Robinson, Grainger, Zaliukas, McGowan, Taouil, Paterson, Sutton, Templeton, Driver, Novikovas, Carrick, McHattie, Smith, Walker, Prychynencko, Holt.

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